2020
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by Bob Doman Here we are, at the beginning of not just a new year, but a new decade. I never quite got the celebration thing. Apparently, the foundation of the New Year’s celebration is to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new year. I personally liked 2019. I had the opportunity to see many fantastic changes … Read More

Coco Does it Again!
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Creating a New Vision, Implementing the Plan, and Redefining Potential by Bob Doman I have introduced you to Coco previously here and here. Coco is now almost five and a half. For those of you who are new to Coco, he was born with a brain injury/cerebral palsy, with a very broad range of issues and a terrible prognosis. Previously … Read More

Bowen Oliver Finds His Voice
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by Mandy Oliver When Bowen was almost three years old, we received a formal diagnosis of autism. The diagnosis didn’t scare us, but the lack of therapies that were offered, particularly in our area of the country, did. We were looking at shuttling our child around to multiple 30 minute appointments, all in various cities, multiple times a week. We … Read More

Anxiety in Our Children: The Impact of Anxiety on Working Memory
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by Sara Erling In my last article I mentioned that working memory is another factor to consider when looking at anxiety in our children. Bob Doman, founder and director of NACD, has been at the forefront of understanding working memory and its impact on global function since the early ‘80s. It is a big deal. It is not just big, … Read More

2019 Transylvania, Romania NACD Event
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by Bob Doman A lot of folks, particularly in the USA, have a hard time describing where in the world Romania is or are able to tell you much of anything about Romania (which unfortunately speaks to our educational system); but ask about Transylvania and everyone’s interest perks up and they conjure up visions of Dracula. This last month I … Read More

Coco the Wonder Boy – Part 2A
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by Bob Doman Back in May we introduced you to Coco Manole, the incredible little boy who was developing really fantastic processing abilities. This little brain injured/cerebral palsy four-year-old had developed astonishing digit spans of 10 forward and 9 reverse, which is absolutely phenomenal. Very few adults have short term and working memory at this level. Well, that was then … Read More

Coco the Wonder Boy – Raising the Bar
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Introduction by Bob Doman First the Vision, Then the Plan, and Then the Implementation Most real successes begin with a vision, a vision that defines what we want to achieve. One would hope that we are all directed by and driven by a vision of what can be for us as individuals, for our children, and even for our communities, … Read More

Developmental/Therapeutic Intervention: Proactive or Reactive?
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by Bob Doman To be proactive is to anticipate, prepare, and intervene based on a long-term vision and perspective. When anticipating the future, you react accordingly before it actually happens. To be reactive is to respond to a situation, rather than creating or controlling it. How does this relate to what we do with our children? What we do in … Read More

NACD Instilling Independence
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Home Education: Opening the Doors to Brilliant Futures and Fulfillment of Dreams An Introduction to Aidia Brennan by Bob Doman Perhaps the only thing that feels better for us at NACD than having parents who really get it is seeing the results of them having gotten it. It’s an incredible honor and privilege to be in a position to help … Read More

Anxiety in our Children: The Role of Avoidance Behavior
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by Sara Erling I know a boy. He is a very smart, fun, engaging boy. From the outside you would think this kid has lots of friends, is very social, the class clown, etc. But at home just calling a friend to go do something is a very big feat. The act of calling a friend, or even texting them, … Read More

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